June Newsletter

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Issue 11

JUNE 2019


Tim van de Molen on BS Attachment with Sealord


Business Attachments


Annual Meeting

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Parliamentary Seminars

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University Prize Winners


Schools Travel Fund New Corporate Member


New Trustee & Board Member New Associate Members


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BUSINESS ATTACHMENTS Currently 15 Members of Parliament are either in the process of completing a Business Study Attachment programme or have registered an expression of interest in and about to embark on one. We acknowledge the support of our corporate members in hosting these. Earlier this year COMMS Intern Rory McGuire interviewed three Members of Parliament about their Business Attachment programmes. Look over the page to see what they had to say.

BUSINESS ATTACHMENTS CONTINUED... DR DEBORAH RUSSELL Dr Deborah Russell Member for New Lynn, Labour Party Dr Deborah Russell MP recently completed her business attachment with Fonterra Co-operative Group where she was provided with a two-way exchange of information whereby Fonterra gained a better understanding of Parliament and its operation as well as Deborah gaining new knowledge about Fonterra’s operations, objectives, strategies and the impacts on New Zealand’s economic future. Deborah was impressed by the extent to which Fonterra has invested in research and development into the future of the company surrounding robotics as well as new products and systems including industry leading product tracking technology. She was also intrigued by the impressive wages tanker truck drivers earned and the positive impact this had on the rural communities throughout New Zealand. Deborah took many things away from the business attachment with Fonterra including the sheer complexity of the business and its operation throughout New Zealand and on an international level. She was also very interested in the future of the business and its emphasis on sustainable practices throughout all their facets of operation.

ANGIE WARREN - CLARK Angie Warren- Clark List Member, Labour Party Angie Warren-Clark MP completed her business attachment with Foodstuffs New Zealand where she was given the opportunity to partake in and enable the dialogue with Foodstuffs encompassing its operation, objectives and strategies.

LOUISA WALL Louisa Wall Member for Manurewa, Labour Party Louisa Wall undertook a business attachment with GlaxoSmithKline where she received a broad range of knowledge about the complexity of the business’s operational practices throughout the supply chain and its distribution network. GlaxoSmithKline was given the opportunity to appreciate the impact and understanding of Parliamentary processes on their business. Louisa was appreciative of the vast array of passion shown by the employees of GSK and their motivation to ensure their pharmaceutical products were distributed to the New Zealand population who most needed them. They emphatically believed they were making world class products that make a real difference in the lives of those who use them. Louisa also took particular interest in the complex distribution network to maintain the integrity of the products to meet the end-user as well as the focussed effort GlaxoSmithKline have on improving access for all New Zealanders. The main learnings from the business attachment included a unique insight into the complex operation as well as the future objectives of GlaxoSmithKline. Louisa also met with various interest groups including Asthma New Zealand who told of the benefits they feel the business is offering their community as well as others throughout New Zealand.

Foodstuffs also gains knowledge on the extent to which Government strategies and legislation affects their business. Angie took particular interest in the concept of food rescue and the concentrated effort Foodstuffs has focussed on including sustainable food practices within their operational sphere to ensure food wastage is minimised. Angie spent three days in total with Foodstuffs including one day in the Christchurch facility and two days in Auckland where she developed a greater understanding of Foodstuffs objectives for the future of its operation in New Zealand. 2

Louisa Wall receiving Business Attachment certificate from the Trust’s President


Annual Meeting 2019

The 27th Annual Meeting of the New Zealand Business & Parliament Trust was held on Tuesday 30 April 2019 in the Grand Hall, Parliament House and was attended by corporate representatives and parliamentarians. In his opening remarks the Trust’s President, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives spoke about the Parliamentary

seminar held in April and the upcoming new Machinery of Executive Government and Parliament seminar to be held in June. The President went on to comment about the importance of the Business Attachment programme for members of Parliament and the Trust’s ongoing recognition of the triennial Youth Parliament, being held in July with a competition.

Peter Griffiths, current Chair of the Trust Board was re-elected for a further term of three years and will continue in the roll of Board Chair. Chris Litchfield, Chief Executive of Coco Cola Amatil who had been seconded to the board in December 2018 to fill a casual vacancy was elected to the trustee council and will continue serving the board for three years. We formally welcome Chris to this role.

Following the formal business certificates were presented to 3 members of Parliament who had completed Business Attachment programmes in 2018. Certificates were also presented to Annie MacDonald and Kathleen Robertson, who are the last two recipients of the Trust’s scholarship programme with Victoria University of Wellington.

Rt Hon David Carter MP, Michael Wood MP, Nancy McConnell and Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP



April Seminar - Group Photo

APRIL PARLIAMENTARY SEMINAR LIST OF ATTENDEES Abbey Baylis Lucy Sutherland Craig Dunstan Amy Barrett Jackie Mullan Stuart Smith Brett Marett Melissa Bentley Kirsten Daggar-Nickson Tanea Chapman Nikki Winter Jody Bowman Vanessa Vermeulen Ruth Doone Craig Dowling Tori Scott Simonne Thompson 4

3R GROUP LTD Abbvie Christchurch International Airport Ltd Downer/Hawkins NZ Ltd Genesis Energy Ltd Goodman (NZ) Ltd GSK GSK Imperial Tabacco New Zealand Ltd KiwiRail KiwiRail Pāmu Farms Pāmu Farms Merck Sharp & Dohme (NZ) Ltd Mercury NZ Ltd Meridian Energy NZ College of Massage

Alex Ross Eugene Venter Suhail Sequeira Nigel Ironside Jack Stewart Greg Bannon Fiona Ryan Elle Dorset Aaron Chudleigh Leon Moore Joanna Breare Raewyn Moss Courtney Grenfell Fabian Yukich Megan Martin Will Hine Julia Hopkins

NZ Steel Ltd Pacific Aluminium Ports of Auckland Ltd Ports of Auckland Ltd Refining NZ Refining NZ Russell McVeagh Spark NZ Trading Ltd Talley’s Group Ltd Talley’s Group Ltd Todd Energy Transpower NZ Ltd TVNZ Villa Maria Vodafone NZ Ltd Westpac New Zealand Westpac New Zealand

June Seminar - Gina Smith, Department of Internal Affairs presenting on Policy Making


PARLIAMENTARY SEMINARS CONTINUED... In June we held the first of our new seminar entitled Machinery of Executive Government and Parliament – Taking a Closer Look. The seminar was opened by our President, the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP. This new seminar has been introduced as a result of feedback from our corporate members. Gerrard Carter gave an unique insight and introduction to the Cabinet and Cabinet Committees. As the legislation coordinator to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Gerrard explained in detail the roles and responsibilities of the Cabinet within a Coalition Government. Our corporate clients were then invited to attend an open session of the Education and Workforce Committee where they witnessed a fascinating debate on the pertinent issue of estimates surrounding education, the workforce and the labour market. Later, our attendees relished the opportunity to apply their learned knowledge about Select Committees in their very own mock Select Committee. Gabor Hellyer, Clerk of the Justice Committee, explained further the purpose and role of Select Committees, whilst demonstrating how to make a submission as a member of the public or organisation.

Craig Renney, Senior Ministerial Advisor to Hon Grant Robertson and Danya Levy, Senior Press Secretary to Hon Phil Twyford, offered a depiction of what life was like inside a Minister’s office. The act of policy making was presented by Gina Smith, Director of the Policy Services Directorate from the Department of Internal Affairs. Gina spoke about the current Policy environment including the task of influencing Policy as well as the role Government departments play in the development and delivery of Policy. Finally, the Manager of Policy and Legal, Pav Sharma spoke on how legislation proceeds through the House and Select Committees including a detailed explanation of each stage that a bill must go through. Throughout the day participants were given the opportunity to gain a high level of expert knowledge from a wide range of guest speakers. Upon concluding the Trust’s corporate clients were invited to join Mr Speaker for drinks in the Speakers Lounge on what was a delectable winters’ evening.

June seminar - Danya Levy (Snr Press Secretary) and Craig Renny (Snr Ministerial Adviser) presenting


June Seminar

JUNE PARLIAMENTARY SEMINAR LIST OF ATTENDEES Toni Bye Lindsay Boy Penny Wells Byron Walker Amy Barrett Haley Mortimer Elaine Anelay Kate McLellan Kirsten Daggar-Nickson Louise Evans McDonald Tanea Chapman Nikki Winter Kim Ellwood

3R Group Ltd Abbvie Ltd Christchurch International Airport Ltd Deloitte Downer/Hawkins NZ Ltd Fonterra Co-operative Group GSK GSK Imperial Tabacco New Zealand Ltd Imperial Tabacco New Zealand Ltd KiwiRail KiwiRail Pāmu Farms

Vanessa Vermeulen Justin Powell Paul Smith Steve Wynn Jamie Haywood Holly Attrill Matiu Park Fiona Ryan Geordie Johnson Robyn MacDonald Joanna Breare Laura Ackland Julia Hopkins

Pāmu Farms Lotto NZ Merck Sharp & Dohme (NZ) Ltd Metro Performance Glass NZ Agriseeds Ltd OMV New Zealand Ltd OMV New Zealand Ltd Russell McVeagh Russell McVeagh Subaru of New Zealand Todd Energy Transpower NZ Ltd Westpac New Zealand


UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY ANNOUNCES 1ST PRIZE WINNER JESSICA HARNETT KIKSTRA HAS BEEN AWARDED THE NZBPT PRIZE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY. Jessica was the top 2018 Master of Policy & Governance student. Her dissertation, based on fieldwork with both ECAN and farmers I the Canterbury region was entitled “Collaborative Water Governance in Canterbury: Effective and Legitimate?” The University describes Jessica as an outstanding scholar and very deserving of the recognition. Jessica has written to the Trust expressing her appreciation for being awarded the NZBPT Trust Prize in Policy and Governance. We look forward to Jessica joining us at a Parliamentary Seminar later in the year.

Jessica writes: “I was incredibly surprised and feel very honoured to have won the prize! It is incredibly generous of the Trust to offer this support to students studying the role of Parliament in the policy process and the wider community. I am incredibly appreciative of the support the Trust provides and would like to thank you all very much!”

Annie MacDonald and Kathleen Robertson scholarship winners with Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP


OUR FINAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS FROM VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON The Scholarship was first established back in 2010 for students studying at Victoria University and enrolled in an Honours or Masters study, in either Political Science, International Relations Programme or the School of Government.

The 2018 Scholarships are the last to be awarded under current arrangements with the University and we are hoping to continue our association with Victoria University through the awarding of an annual Prize.

Scholarship recipients have been required to complete a research essay on any aspect of the role of Parliament in governance, the process of policy, or the wider community.

The University identified two equally deserving scholars and so the decision was taken to share the Scholarship between Annie MacDonald and Kathleen Robertson.

ANNIE MACDONALD Annie MacDonald is the co-recipient of the New Zealand Business and Parliament Scholarship. Annie has completed four years of study in Political Science at Otago University before undertaking her Honours at Victoria University of Wellington. Annie undertook research on the experience of the Green Party as a minor party and their role governing New Zealand, drawing inspiration from her experience interning at Parliament with the Green Party co-leader James Shaw. Annie also undertook research on the role of Parliament in the Land and Water forum to address freshwater issues in New Zealand.

Currently, Annie works as a consultant for Allen & Clarke, a consultancy firm offering policy, evaluation and research, and secretariat services based in Wellington. Annie’s future is bright and prosperous as she draws on her life and career experience including a working exchange to The United States of America working as an intern in Congress. She hopes to use her background to continue to work for the public service, both in New Zealand and overseas.

KATHLEEN ROBERTSON Kathleen Robertson was the other co-recipient of the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust Scholarship. Kathleen studied for five years at Victoria University of Wellington where she completed Honours in Political Science, following a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and English Literature. Kathleen applied for the scholarship in 2018. She wrote an essay about increasing the representation of disabled people in Parliaments, comparing the New Zealand Election Access Fund Bill with approaches used in other countries. Kathleen took inspiration from her time interning at Parliament with two New Zealand Green Party MPs.

Kathleen is currently a graduate policy advisor at the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. She hopes to continue in this field of the public sector for some time to contribute to the creation of housing and urban spaces that are accessible, inclusive, healthy, and sustainable. Later in her career, she may branch into new policy areas, but she will remain focused on creating thriving communities.


SCHOOLS TRAVEL FUND So far this year $22,370 has been paid out in assistance grants to 20 schools undertaking official visits to Parliament. These schools have come from the top of the North Island to the very bottom of the South Island. Schools we have been pleased to assist are: Egmont Village School Flemington School Halfmoon Bay School Kaitoke School St Peter’s School Hastings Boys’ High School Tapora School Tauranga Girls School Marlborough Girls’ College Te Kura Kaupapa Maaori o Te Hiringa Tamariki School Hororata School Tikokino Primary School Mapua School Devon Intermediate School Marshland School Whataroa School The City Impact Church School Hikurangi School Limehills School

Tauranga Girls Class outside Parliament

We often receive heartfelt emails and letters of thank from school Principals and teachers but more recently it was the pupils themselves writing the thank you letters – in this case Marlborough Girls College in Blenheim.

Inglewood 1,280 Waipukura 1,040 Stewart Island 1,080 Claris-Great Barrier Island 480 Gore 3,200 Hastings 400 Wellsford 480 Tauranga 1,200 Blenheim 750 Tokoroa 920 Christchurch Darfield, Canterbury Waipawa Tasman New Plymouth Prestons, Christchurch South Westland Auckland

840 1,920 920 1,280 1,280 640 360 400

Northland Southland

1,800 2,100

“ We visited Parliament on the 4th and 5th of April this year and we loved our trip! The opportunity to witness live action in the Debating Chamber was incredible ”

NEW CORPORATE MEMBER We are pleased to welcome Varian Medical Systems as a Corporate member of the Trust Business Description: Varian Medical Systems’ vision is a world without fear of cancer. To meet this challenge, we equip the world with new tools for fighting cancer. Since the 1950s we have been producing tools that harness the power of X-ray energy to benefit humankind. Our history is one of pioneering developments in the fields of radiotherapy, radiosurgery, X-ray tube technology, digital image detectors, cargo screening, and non-destructive testing. Today, we have a robust product portfolio and longstanding relationships with many of the world’s leading clinicians As Varian continues to grow, our staff of over 6,500 people in 70 sales and support offices around the globe is developing innovative, cost-effective solutions that help make the world a healthier, more secure place.



Chris Litchfield

CHRIS LITCHFIELD Managing Director New Zealand & Fiji, Coco-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd Chris has 26 years’ experience with Coca-Cola Amatil. Beginning his career as a graduate, Chris held a number of sales and commercial roles before his appointment to General Manager of Sales and Marketing in 2007, a role he held until 2014. Chris has a proven track record of strong business leadership, customer management, new business acquisition and commercial planning. As Managing Director of New Zealand & Fiji, Chris has led a highly engaged workforce to deliver five years of profit growth. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University.

“Coca-Cola Amatil is the authorised manufacturer and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company’s beverage brands in New Zealand. Coca-Cola Amatil employs more than 1000 people in New Zealand, and between 700 and 800 in Fiji. As well as soft drink products, Coca-Cola Amatil manufactured and distributed alcohol, coffee and water in New Zealand. “It’s the diversity of the business that keeps me motivated and inspired,” Litchfield said. Excerpt from The Marlborough Express.

NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS The following first term Members of Parliament have become Associate Members of the Trust following successful completion of a Business Attachment Programme Ginney Andersen Dr Deborah Russell Tim van de Molen Hamish Walker Angie Warren Clark

List Member Member for New Lynn Member for Waikato Member for Clutha Southland List Member

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